North Korea ‘killed and burned South Korean official’

Unidentified fishing boats before the North Korean coastline from a viewpoint on the South Korea-controlled island of Yeonpyeong near the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea at dawn.Image copyright
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The South Korean island of Yeonpyeong sits near the border with the North

A South Korean official has been shot dead and burned by North Korean troops, said the South’s defence ministry which condemned the “brutal act”.

Seoul said the man had disappeared from a patrol boat near the border and was later found in the North’s waters.

North Korean soldiers shot him, then poured oil over his body and set it aflame, the ministry said. It had come to this conclusion based on “diverse intelligence sources”.

Pyongyang has not commented.

It is the second time North Korea has reportedly killed a civilian from the South.

BBC News